Little Nicky

Little Nicky is a 2000 American fantasy comedy film directed by Steven Brill. It stars Adam Sandler as Nicky, one of Satan's three sons as he attempts to save his father and prevent his brothers from taking over Earth.

The film was a financial failure and received negative reviews from critics.

Little Nicky
Little nicky
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Brill
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Written bySteven Brill
Adam Sandler
Tim Herlihy
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited byJeff Gourson
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • November 10, 2000
Running time
90 minutes
Budget$85 million
Box office$58.3 million


The story revolves around a struggle to determine which of Satan's three sons will succeed their father as ruler of Hell. Adrian is the most devious, Cassius is the cruelest, and Nicky is their father's favorite. Adrian and Cassius claim that Nicky's mother is a goat and torment him by controlling his body with their minds. Nicky has had a speech impediment and a disfigured jaw since Cassius hit him in the face with a shovel.

Having been the Prince of Darkness for ten thousand years, the Devil assembles his sons to decide which of them will succeed him; he tells them that they are not ready yet, having decided to keep his throne. Angered by this decision, Adrian and Cassius go to Earth to create a new Hell by possessing religious and political leaders in New York City. As they leave, they freeze the entrance to Hell, preventing more souls from entering and causing Satan's body to begin decomposing. To stop Adrian and Cassius, Satan sends Nicky to Earth with a silver flask that traps whoever drinks from it inside.

At first, Nicky has trouble staying alive on Earth. He is killed several times, landing in Hell and returning to New York each time. While learning how to eat and sleep, he meets a talking bulldog named Mr. Beefy, rents an apartment with an actor named Todd, and falls in love with a design student named Valerie.

Nicky's first encounter with his brothers occurs when Adrian sees him with Valerie, takes mental control of his body, and makes him scare her away. Then Nicky sees Cassius on television, possessing the referee of a Globetrotters game. When he goes to the court and tricks Cassius into the flask, Satanist metalheads John and Peter are so thrilled with his performance that they become his devoted fans. That evening, Nicky tries to apologize to Valerie. The meeting goes badly at first, but she accepts him after he explains who he is and why he is on Earth.

The next day, Adrian possesses the Chief of the NYPD and accuses Nicky of mass murder. Not knowing what to do, Nicky has Todd kill him so he can go back to Hell and ask his father for advice, but his father has trouble hearing because his ears have fallen off, and his assistants are in a panic because the midnight deadline to capture Adrian and Cassius is only hours away. Back on Earth again, Nicky and his friends devise a plan to capture Adrian in a subway station, but Adrian discovers their trick. In the ensuing fight, Adrian grabs Valerie and dives onto the track as a train approaches, but Nicky throws her out of the way, leaving himself and Adrian to be killed by the train.

Arriving in Hell just minutes before midnight, Adrian begins the process of taking over Hell by pushing what remains of his father aside and sitting on the throne, rising to Central Park, and starting a riotous party. Meanwhile, Nicky wakes up in Heaven as a reward for sacrificing himself and meets his mother, an angel who tells him that he can defeat Adrian with the Inner Light that he inherited from her. After she gives him a mysterious orb, he goes to Central Park. Adrian appears to win a battle by locking Nicky in the flask and turning himself into a bat, but Nicky escapes from the flask. When he shatters the orb, Ozzy Osbourne appears, bites Adrian's head off, and spits it into the flask.

With his brothers captured, Nicky is ready to save his father. After he sins to make sure he goes to Hell, he and Valerie express their love for each other and she kills him. In Hell, Satan regains his body and recommends that Nicky go back to Earth. The film ends a year later, when Nicky and Valerie live in New York with their infant son.




It opened at #2 at the North American box office making $16 million USD in its opening weekend, behind Charlie's Angels, which was on its second consecutive week at the top spot. The film went on to earn $39.5 million domestically and another $18.8 million worldwide, bringing the total to $58.3 million.

Based on 115 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, only 22% of critics gave Little Nicky a positive review. The site's consensus states [that] "Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch."[1] Comedian and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the worst comedy ever made.[2] Roger Ebert had some positive comments for the feature, describing Little Nicky as "the best Sandler movie to date," while at the same time lamenting Sandler's lack of finesse.[3]

The film was nominated for five awards at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It lost in all categories to Battlefield Earth starring John Travolta.

Despite its negative reception the film has received a cult following over the years. It also has a 56% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Home media

Little Nicky was released on DVD and VHS on April 24, 2001. The DVD includes two audio commentaries and plenty of deleted scenes.

There is yet to be a blu-ray release of the film.


Little Nicky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 31, 2000
GenreAlternative metal, nu metal, alternative rock
ProducerTerry Date, Rae DiLeo, DJ Crook, Don Gilmore, Ben Grosse, Safta Jaffery, John Leckie, Geno Lenardo, Scott Litt, Sylvia Massy, Jonah Matranga, Chino Moreno, Guy Oseary, PM5K, Rick Rubin, Adam Sandler, Dennis Smith
Singles from Little Nicky
  1. "School of Hard Knocks"
    Released: December 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]

The soundtrack to the movie was released October 31, 2000 through Maverick Records and featured a lineup that leaned heavily toward Maverick recording artists that included Deftones, Insolence, Muse and Unloco. The track listing as listed on Allmusic:[4]

1."School of Hard Knocks"TraditionalP.O.D.4:04
2."Pardon Me"Brandon Boyd, Mike Einzenger, Jose Antonio, Pasillas II, Alex Katunich, Chris KilmoreIncubus3:45
3."Change (In the House of Flies)"DeftonesDeftones4:58
4."(Rock) Superstar"Louis Freese, Lawrence MuggerudCypress Hill4:37
5."Natural High"M. Henry Herman, P.J. PerryInsolence3:20
6."Points of Authority"Linkin ParkLinkin Park3:21
7."Stupify" (Fu's Forbidden Little Nicky Remix)DisturbedDisturbed5:08
8."Nothing"Brooks ArthurUnloco2:40
9."When Worlds Collide"Powerman 5000Powerman 50002:57
10."Cave"Matthew BellamyMuse4:46
11."Take a Picture"Richard PatrickFilter4:22
12."Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" (Acoustic)DeftonesDeftones4:33
Total length:48:31

Video game

A Game Boy Color game was released based on the film shortly after its release.


  1. ^ "Little Nicky (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  2. ^ Nelson, Michael J (2007-03-06). "Inoperable Humor: The 5 Worst Comedies of All Time". Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (2000-11-10). "Little Nicky Movie Review & Film Summary (2000) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  4. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Heather Phares (2000-10-31). "Little Nicky - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-03.

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Allen Covert

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"Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" is the second single released from the American alternative metal band Deftones' second album, Around the Fur. It was their first single to chart on the US charts, peaking at number 29 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and within the top 50 in the UK Singles Chart. Although it was a more modest hit than the follow-up, "Change (In the House of Flies)", it was included in the game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, released in 2000. An acoustic version appeared on the soundtrack to the film Little Nicky. This version, which featured Adam Sandler, the star of the movie, as well as Jonah Matranga of Far, was also included on the Deftones' B-Sides & Rarities album.

A music video was filmed to accompany the single's release, directed by Frank W. Ockenfels III.Stylistically, the song was described as alternative metal, nu metal and shoegaze.

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The 1998 films The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer helped jump start Sandler's movie career and production company. He produced The Waterboy and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. The film was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.

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Little Nicky (born October 17, 2004) is the first commercially produced cat clone. He was produced from the DNA of a 19-year-old Maine Coon cat named Nicky who died in 2003. Little Nicky's owner, a north Texas woman named Julie (whose last name was not released) paid $50,000 to have Nicky cloned.The cloning operation was performed by the California-based company Genetic Savings & Clone, which later closed in 2006.

The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups denounced the cloning, saying that the $50,000 could have been better used to save some of the millions of animals euthanized each year.The cat showed was reported to have health problems during his life, even if they were not clearly related to the cloning process.

Little Nicky (disambiguation)

Little Nicky may refer to:

Little Nicky, a 2000 comedy film starring Adam Sandler

Little Nicky (video game), a 2000 video game based on the film

Little Nicky (cat), a cat believed to be the first successful feline cloning for commercial reasons

Little Nikki (born 1996), British singer-songwriter

Nicodemo Scarfo (1929–2017), known as "Little Nicky" the head of the Philadelphia crime family

Little Nicky (video game)

Little Nicky is a video game based upon the 2000 film of the same name. The game features nineteen levels (fourteen platforming levels and five mini-games) based on events from the film.

The video game was met with average to mixed reception.

Nicholas Marangello

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As the Bruno crime family, under the twenty years reign of boss Angelo Bruno (1959–1980) the family enjoyed an era of peace and prosperity Bruno became known for his cool-headed and deliberate approach to handling business disputes and preferring traditional rackets such as bookmaking, labor racketeering, and loansharking. A complex dispute involving disgruntled subordinates and territory claims by New York's Genovese crime family led to Bruno's murder in 1980. The killing triggered an internal war for control of the Philadelphia family, leading to a gradual decline in the family's power and a rise in mob violence in Philadelphia.

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